Dr Ayla Humphrey

Ayla Humphrey

University position

Lead Child & Adolescent Psychologist, CPFT;Affiliated Lecturer

Dr Ayla Humphrey is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Psychiatry


Developmental Lifecourse Research Group, Autism Research Centre and Developmental Psychiatry



Home page

http://www.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/blog/dr... (personal home page)

Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Developmental Neuroscience


I am interested in developing services for children & families. Co-founder of first UK holistic neuropsychological service for children with brain injury (CCPNR,Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation);Cambridgeshire Children & Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies transformation of Cambridgeshire CAMHS; Founding Director, Cambridge Family Social Enterprise.

I am Senior Project Lead for CLAHRC East of England CAMHS Innovation and Evaluation group. Our research includes a Prototype Primary School Based Mental Health Screening Programme and a Delphi study to design a service model promoting the mental health and well-being of children and young people. (http://www.clahrceoe.nihr.ac.uk/research/research-themes/innovation-and-evaluation-of-population-health/camhs-innovation/)

Collaborations include NIHR funded "Parents and Young Children under Extreme Stress (PYCES)" and "Delivery of Cognitive Therapy for Young People After Trauma" (Decrypt).

Research Focus


early interventions

mental health services

health economics


cognitive impairment

Clinical conditions

Anxiety disorders

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder


Childhood disorders

Depressive disorders


Language disorders

Obsessive compulsive disorder


Tourette's syndrome

Traumatic brain injury

Tuberous Sclerosis


Behavioural analysis

Neuropsychological testing



Tim Dalgleish

Susan Gathercole

Peter Jones

Louise Lafortune

Richard Meiser-Stedman

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    Anderson JK, Ford T, Soneson E, Thompson Coon J, Humphrey A, Rogers M, Moore D, Jones PB, Clarke E and Howarth E (2018), “A systematic review of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of school-based identification of children and young people at risk of, or currently experiencing mental health difficulties ” Psychological Medicine 13:1-11

    Joanna K. Anderson, Emma Howarth, Maris Vainre, Peter B. Jones, Ayla Humphrey (2017), “A scoping literature review of service-level barriers for access and engagement with mental health services for children and young people” Children and Youth Services review 77 (2017) 164–176

    Humphrey A, Eastwood L, Atkins H, Vainre M, Lea-Cox C (2016), “An exemplar of GP commissioning and child and adolescent mental health service partnership: Cambridge 1419 young people’s service” Journal of Integrated Care 24(1):26-37 PDF

    Humphrey A, Golan O, Wilson B, Sopena S (2010), “Executive Dysfunction and it’s measurement in Children with Asperger’s Disorder” The Autism Spectrum:Research Reviews

    Humphrey A (2008), “Treatment of anxiety in children with Asperger’s Disorder” Children’s Anxiety: a contextual approach

    Humphrey A (2006), “Children behaving badly – a case of misunderstanding? The development of a CAMHS based child neuropsychology service” The Psychologist PDF



    Gracey F, Watson S, McHugh M, Swan A, Humphrey A, Adlam A (2014), “Age at injury, emotional problems and executive functioning in understanding disrupted social relationships following childhood acquired brain injury.” Social Care and Neurodisability 5 (3): 160-170

    Humphrey A, Maclean C, Ploubidis GB, Granader Y, Clifford M, Haslop M, Neville BG, Yates JR, Bolton PF, Tuberous Sclerosis 2000 Study Group (2014), “Intellectual development before and after the onset of infantile spasms: A controlled prospective longitudinal study in tuberous sclerosis.” Epilepsia 55(1):108-16 Details

    Sullivan JC, Tavassoli T, Armstrong K, Baron-Cohen S, Humphrey A (2014), “Reliability of self, parental, and researcher measurements of head circumference.” Mol Autism 5(1):2 Details


    Yates JR, Maclean C, Higgins JN, Humphrey A, le Maréchal K, Clifford M, Carcani-Rathwell I, Sampson JR, Bolton PF, Tuberous Sclerosis 2000 Study Group (2011), “The Tuberous Sclerosis 2000 Study: presentation, initial assessments and implications for diagnosis and management.” Arch Dis Child 96(11):1020-5 Details


    Humphrey A.,Golan O.,Wilson B,Sopena S (2010), ““Executive Dysfunction and it’s measurement in Children with Asperger’s Disorder”” In P Rezaie and I Roth (Eds). The Autism Spectrum: Research Reviews. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


    Humphrey A (2008), “Treatment of anxiety in children with Asperger’s Disorder” In P. Appleton (Ed) (2008). Children’s Anxiety: a contextual approach. London: Routledge Ltd

    Humphrey A, Ploubidis GB, Yates JR, Steinberg T, Bolton PF (2008), “The Early Childhood Epilepsy Severity Scale (E-Chess).” Epilepsy Res 79(2-3):139-45 Details

    Jeste SS, Sahin M, Bolton P, Ploubidis GB, Humphrey A (2008), “Characterization of autism in young children with tuberous sclerosis complex.” J Child Neurol 23(5):520-5 Details

    Owens G, Granader Y, Humphrey A, Baron-Cohen S (2008), “LEGO therapy and the social use of language programme: an evaluation of two social skills interventions for children with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome.” J Autism Dev Disord 38(10):1944-57 Details


    Raznahan A, Higgins NP, Griffiths PD, Humphrey A, Yates JR, Bolton PF (2007), “Biological markers of intellectual disability in tuberous sclerosis.” Psychol Med 37(9):1293-304 Details


    Humphrey A (2006), ““Children behaving badly – a case of misunderstanding? The development of a CAMHS based child neuropsychology service”” The Psychologist, 19 (8): 494-495.

    Humphrey A, Neville BG, Clarke A, Bolton PF (2006), “Autistic regression associated with seizure onset in an infant with tuberous sclerosis.” Dev Med Child Neurol 48(7):609-11 Details


    de Vries P, Humphrey A, McCartney D, Prather P, Bolton P, Hunt A, TSC Behaviour Consensus Panel (2005), “Consensus clinical guidelines for the assessment of cognitive and behavioural problems in Tuberous Sclerosis.” Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 14(4):183-90 Details


    Humphrey A, Higgins JN, Yates JR, Bolton PF (2004), “Monozygotic twins with tuberous sclerosis discordant for the severity of developmental deficits.” Neurology 62(5):795-8 Details

    Humphrey A, Williams J, Pinto E, Bolton PF (2004), “A prospective longitudinal study of early cognitive development in tuberous sclerosis - a clinic based study.” Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 13(3):159-65 Details